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Apparently my school didn't have this major yet. :D
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We (humans) can be pretty clever when we're not spending all our time figuring out how to kill or be nasty to each other. Actually, we're pretty clever at that too, for better or worse. 
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Finished reading Antifragile.  Found that my thinking parallels a lot in the book w/ the exception of the caustic ego that fuels the author.  It would be great for those in a position to force a fragile system upon my life to adopt this book's principles of Antifragility to change the dogma of establishment that does not survive in the real world.  

If you haven't read it, the author categorizing things into three categories, Fragile, Robust (i.e. redundant kidneys), and Antifragile (i.e. immune system, muscle confusion for exercise & fitness).  

Here's the Amazon review blurb,

"Fragile things break under stress. But, according to Nassim Nicholas Taleb, there's an entire class of other things that don't simply resist stress but actually grow, strengthen, or otherwise gain from unforeseen and otherwise unwelcome stimuli. Taleb sees degrees of antifragility everywhere, from fasting, mythology, and urban planning to economic, technological, cultural, and biological systems. The wealth of radical thinking in this book astounds; the glossary alone offered more thought-provoking ideas than any other nonfiction book I read this year. That said, Antifragile is far from flawless. As comical as Taleb's rough handling of his favorite targets can be--academics, economists, and tourists, to name a few--his argumentative style boasts gaping holes, non sequiturs aplenty, and at times an almost willfully repugnant tone. Some readers will find Taleb's brashness off-putting; others will embrace it as a charismatic component of the ideas themselves. Either way, no one will finish this book unchanged. --Jason Kirk"
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LOL, I was reading Antifragile and amazed concurrently at how perceptive the dude was as well as what a big chip on his shoulder he seems to have. He goes from absolutely enlightening insights to attacks at the sort of dull academics in suits that really don't need much attacking, kind of at random.

It is funny, in my case my thinking AND the caustic ego that fuels me parallel him quite a bit, though I think I'm a bit more caustic and less perceptive. Good that such geniuses are human, though... 
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Bad Lip Reading.  Genius!
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Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:

"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just
pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more 
than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible
for re-election.

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds)
took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! 
The people demanded it. That was in 1971 - before computers, e-mail, 
cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year
or less to become the law of the land - all because of public pressure.

Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to
a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask
each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will
have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed
around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2012 

1. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no
pay when they're out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social
Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the
Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into
the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the
American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all
Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.
Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and
participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the
American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void
effective 12/1/12. The American people did not make this
contract with Congressmen/women.










Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in
Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers
envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their
term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will
only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive
the message. Don't you think it's time?









THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!

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You are one of my 20+ - Please keep it going, and thanks
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Just realized the Manhattan Bridge (on the right) is over 100 years old.
 
The Evolution of the New York Skyline

http://goo.gl/1QT3Q

interesting
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Natural bodybuilder meets climber.  I turned on the English subtitles w/ the CC button since my german is nonexistent.  The athlete couple had excellent physiques, but were no match to the wiry climber going up the wall and with grip strength exercises.  Some new tips and training aids (climbing grip balls!) I've never seen before.  Wonder where I can get the infrared laser gadget at 18:12.
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50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World
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Functional, elegant, minimalist transforming apartment w/ sub-zero and wolf appliances despite being only 420 sq. ft.
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Great underwater pic from +Linus Torvalds 
 
What can I say? Octopus are just that much cooler than fish.

It didn't even end up all that blurry. This is straight out of the camera, no fancy color correction or anything like that. Because that's how I roll.

Divemaster posing for scale.
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SNL parody of review of iPhone 5.  Catching up on funny videos during this Frankenstorm.
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